New advice for women about checking and screening for breast cancer seems to have created uproar in the public. It seems that now the recommendation is that women should start getting the screening or the yearly mammogram starting at least by the age of 50 instead of the earlier age of 40.
A recent force has made this recommendation. Instead of asking for the yearly screening, they are suggesting the screening be done every other year unless the woman would prefer to do it at an earlier age.
This change in the yearly testing is not being recommended by radiologists and the general public.
The radiologists and the general public suggest that this will cause more problems and possibly more deaths of women that will be attributed to breast cancer. To combat this, they suggest that women should continue to get their testing at age 40 and even start at age 25 or 30 if they have a higher-risk of getting cancer.
This task force that the best age for testing is between 60 and 609 and those women derive the best benefit from the screening.
The difference between the radiologists’ belief and the task force belief again is the age difference recommended for screening. The danger of getting cancer of the breast actually increases at around the age of 40. The task force maintains that the danger starts increasing at the age of 50. They suggest that there are harmful consequences of having the mammogram that includes false results and possible biopsies that shouldn’t be performed based on these false results.
For years women have been encouraged to start their screening early so that they catch any breast cancer as early as possible. It is easier to cure when caught early.
The opponents of the task force believe that this takes women health issues a step backward. A little over 39% of the women that have been saved because of breast cancer screening have been found to be of the ages between 40 and 49.
The recommendations by radiologist are that the regular testing should start at 40 for those that have an average danger of contracting breast cancer. If they are high risk, then they should start their screening somewhere between the ages of 25 and 30.
The task force suggests that the screening should take place not yearly but should skip a year and the screening should take place based on an individual choice.